Kirk Cameron has solidified his spot as one of the washed up celebrities that everybody loves to hate. I wish that wasn’t the case. I haven’t always had a hate-on for Kirk. For a while, he was a shining star and positive example of a semi-cool celebrity in the Christian community, but he continues to ruin his street cred every time he opens his mouth.
I am a Christian, and I was also a child of the ’80s. Maybe that’s why I still have dreamy feelings about Kirk Cameron. I just can’t let my Growing Pains crush die. And let’s not forget about 2001’s Left Behind that was supposed to be a landmark movie for Christians. Finally, we could go to the evil cinema without feeling guilty about it because squeaky-clean Kirk Cameron was representing us onscreen. But I digress.
Now that I’ve “left behind” my ultra-religious upbringing and have my own family, I have to think for myself. Unfortunately, Kirk Cameron didn’t get the same memo. He’s still spouting off crazy religious doctrine that alienates 99 percent of people who do not believe in the submissive Christian culture.
Kirk is promoting his newly released movie, Saving Christmas. Because of that, he has some weird religious things to say about the holiday to help families save Christmas from “godless” pagan and Muslim cultures.
I wish I was making this up. Kirk was quoted as saying to women in families, “If you are a mom, if you are a wife, if you’re the keeper of your home, I want you to know that your joy is so important this Christmas.”
“Let your children, your family, see your joy in the way you decorate your home this Christmas, in the food that you cook, the songs you sing, the stories you tell, and the traditions that you keep. Invite your whole neighborhood into your Christmas and invite the world into our story of our king and his kingdom.”
According to Kirk, women should uphold the tradition of Christmas that centers around Jesus by joyfully spending time in the kitchen and making sure their kids see it. Kirk also had a few suggestions for dads to keep it fair: Do manly, joyful things around the house, like hanging Christmas lights or helping with the dishes.
Kirk’s advice is so far off base that it is hard to dive into. He is promoting outdated gender roles, which are no longer the hallmark of a traditional marriage. He is also implying that the salvation of the world depends on a few silly, random acts: Like moms staying in the kitchen and dads puttering about the house. Christian families who want to celebrate Christmas like this are free to do so. But it’s important to make the distinction that this is not a Biblical requirement for baby Jesus’s birth — it’s simply Kirk Cameron’s opinion.
Dammit, Kirk. You had one job. Stop saying weird Christian stuff that upsets everybody and start being a cute child actor again.